Homefront: The game where North Korea rules the world

So I keep seeing stories popping up about an upcoming game known as Homefront. Being developed by Kaos Studios, whose previous work includes the dud Frontlines: Fuel of War, the game takes places some 27 years in the future, where North Korea rises to become a world super power and defeats Japan, China, and the United States of America. Don’t laugh just yet: this is after the fantasy of the Korean Unification happens, and apparently in light of the US economy completely tanking (I guess it was the Greater Depression), the North Koreans are able to use an EMP weapon to knock out all communications and military hardware in the United States.

Now, the game creators have been throwing around some fancy words like “plausibility.” They even hired an ex-CIA agent to do consultant work for the developers, who also claims that all of this is “plausible” through “plausible baby steps.” The domino effect, apparently, where one action leads to another, and another, and so on. It’s an attempt to appear smart and provide intelligent substance to suspend disbelief in what is an utter shit plot. See, you actually have to have substance under a plot for it to actually stand up on its own, or else you just have a rickety house on stilts that’ll get destroyed when Hurricane Logic makes landfall.

I am by no means a “patriotic” individual, nor do I have a sense of pride for the United States. I’m methodical and like to consider myself a realist. So understand when I say that when North Korea would not be able to invade the United States, it is not out of some fictional sentiment of pride or fear out of personal safety, but from practicality and an observation of factual reality. Okay, maybe in 200 years when they have a robot army and mind-controlling devices, but definitely not in twenty-five years.

See, this is the problem when you try to present reality in a video game where the setting and substance doesn’t support the findings beyond what is presented. Shamus on Twenty-Sided provides a good example of this in Fallout 3. First, let us observe the “plausible baby steps” that lead the way to a North Korea beyond a mandatory citizenship draft with a Navy makeup of three frigates and Soviet-era military technology, shall we? In Homefront, North Korea and South Korea reunite three years from now. This concept is based in reality: there are, in fact, talks to reunite the two countries as one, and much of the world governments that have their fingers in that pie support a reunification. Sounds all warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it?

Except North Korea has been talking about reunification since the 1970s, and only with the South Koreans under their boot. And hey, guess what, South Korea is also only interested in the same terms as well. The only problem is that there have been generations of seething and hate that has brewed between the North and the South, and we can’t go a year without hearing about how the North takes responsibility for some military disaster that ever befalls the South (and vice versa). And as far as foreign powers interested in reunification is concerned, the US shares the South’s views of a conquered North Korea, as evident by the naval exercises they like to conduct off North Korean waters every year or so. It’s sort of like their friendly yet mildly hostile reminder that they could storm the country in one night.

Bitches don't know 'bout my subs.

So where’s the plausibility in two different groups of people that hate each other ever coming to reunite? I mean, other than a fantasy tale? People say racism is a problem in the United States, but they’ve little clue how extensive the racial tension goes in Asian countries, where distant cousins in ethnicity even look at each other with disdain. How exactly would a population that is educated and subjugated under propaganda ever agree to reunite with what they consider their evil twin? To put this in perspective, this is a little like saying the Sunnis and Shi’ites will eventually put down their weapons and give each other big hugs and start singing kumbaya.

But to hell with that. Lets roll with this anyway. Let’s say some miracle happened. Maybe the two countries unite after finding out that they share each other’s national sport. The military strength of North Korea’s biological weaponry combines with South Korea’s modern military technology that has been gifted decades-over by British, French, and American allies. Let’s also say that the three previously mentioned countries don’t shit a hemorrhoid the size of Ronald Reagan and say, “Oh hey cool, you guys are back together! That’s so awesome!” The North and the South reunite and tensions are thrown down. But there’s still one problem in this impossible scenario—in order for it to happen, both peoples have to agree that they want peace and order. So how exactly does it work for them to continue as a united Korea if North Korean policies still take precedent?

Zerg rush kekeke

No, no, try not to think about it, stick your fingers in your ears and start singing. Let’s say it somehow happens. I dunno, it’s magic. The next “plausible” step in this game’s time line is that gas prices in the United States rise to $20 a gallon. Oh boy, oh boy! They just got all economical in this biatch! $20 for a gallon of gas! Phew! That’s sure to throw the country into a state of anarchy, right? Dustbowl 2015, here we come!

Of course this seems plausible only to the laymen, or anyone who has never touched a book on economics. In a basic course you’re taught the wonders of supply and demand, the standard cost of living, and scarcity. For gas to get to $20 a gallon in the United States, the standard cost of living would have to quadruple in the next five years, which would mean Americans would be making a mean salary of, say, $55,000 yearly. Still following along in this fantasy situation? Good. For those that aren’t, simply picture how price costing is adjusted at the moment. I’m sure you’ve heard toothless grandpa say something like, “Boy, in my day a pack of gum was a nickel and an hour with a hooker was a couple of quarters!” This is because inflation hadn’t quite hit home yet for grandpa, nor had the standard cost of living to which we find today. For gas to reach $20 a gallon, the Junior Whopper at McDonald’s would have to be a $12 meal. Just for the damn burger, mind you. The drink would probably be another $5.

But let’s pretend for a moment that we’re living in a world where oil companies don’t like profits and they set the price of oil at a ridiculous price, which in turn makes the distributors raise the price for it at the pump. Let’s say they’re evil and they just want to see the world collapse because one of them really likes Fallout 3 and wants to see it become a reality. Muahahaha, what can the American people do, they are powerless to stop what is the bloodline of the work force!

Monay monay monay! Loooooads of monay!

Well, for one, the wonders of a free market can have smart entrepreneurs start new oil import companies to sell oil at a reasonable price to offset the scarcity of gas, thereby creating a boom in economy as one company quickly becomes an oil monopoly and the gas crisis is solved. Or the government could actually step in and play hardball and embargo the oil company’s trade, maybe even throw them in jail under the lovely Security Act and hold them indefinitely under the suspicion of being a terrorist, or maybe the wonders of bureaucracy will just pass new bills to either force a price fix to oil or something more practical. Even if the evil oil corporation trope was a reality, the American people would definitely not be powerless to fight back. If there is one thing the federal government has taught us, it’s that you don’t want to fuck with them when it comes to government infrastructure stability. They WILL find a loophole to put your ass in the sling.

But hark! Let’s just role with this, alright? Let’s say, hypothetically, the evil oil corporation trope pans through. The CEO of every oil company starts to hate money. They raise the price of crude oil. The distributors buy at outrageous prices and then adjust cost accordingly. No one can afford gas. By the end of the week, no one is driving a car. Even while the oil companies are cutting into their profits, losing money quickly, skating closely to the edge of bankruptcy, they continue to give the American people the finger. The House and the Senate are on vacation. Or they are all sleeping in their chairs. The president, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Cabinet, and every person in line for the presidency save for the Secretary of Education has died. President Laura Roslin sits at her desk and makes explosion noises with her toy rocket ships while the entire American infrastructure collapses.

I, Laura Roslin, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Twelve Colonies against all frakking cylons, foreign and domestic...

But right here and now you’re saying, “Blood in the streets! Riot! Anarchy 99! Fuck the RIAA!” The American people will revolt, right? Because what else will they do when they can’t go to work, and since they can’t go to work they can’t get paid, and since they can’t get paid they can’t buy groceries, and since they can’t buy groceries, they begin to starve? How would a country of 300,000,000 be able to be held in check in a catastrophic event such as the unemployment rate jumping from 9% to 99%? That’s what happens, right? Because, guess what, if a country that produces so much metric-shit tonnes of manufactured goods goes to pot, the rest of the world will follow, and that means things would get resolved, right?

Nope. In Homefront, things go on peacefully into a Great Depression. No one comes to aid the US. It apparently takes another two years, until 2017, until the US dollar collapses. In response to a government already in a debt of eternity, the solution the US government finds is to pull out of foreign influences. This means the hundreds of US bases around the world are abandoned, forces are returned home, and cutbacks on enlistment and armaments are made. We do, after all, spend a shit-ton of money on the military here in the US. Not only does this sound plausible, it also sounds logical, right?

Wrong. Realism, remember? Anyone remember the US military being weak in the 30s? No? Me neither. What about the economic panic of the 70s? Anything? Hey, what about right now? Are we still rocking out with nine supercarriers in commission? You know, enough supercarriers that outnumber every other nation’s navy of supercarriers combined? If there is one guarantee history has taught us about the United States, it is the fact that we continue to allocate resources, time, and energy into civil and foreign protection. Homeland Security is a new thing, people. I don’t imagine it’ll be long before a new sort of federal agency springs up in the name of government disaster readiness.

But, hey, no. Let’s say President Roslin turns a new leaf in the history of the United States. Let’s say her Joint Chiefs of Staff are Ghandi, Thoreau, a Shaolin monk, and a three-year-old infant. They all agree that cutting back on military funding is a good idea—that closing down all foreign bases is the best course of action. Hey, why not sell some nukes? Good idea, Thoreau! And why not sell some supercarriers? Spot on, Ghandi! NORAD? More like GAYRAD, am i rite?

Televised Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting.

In the following year, the not-North Korean government of North Korea invades Japan (oh ho ho, irony!). Japan surrenders to the not-North Korean government and joins a federation-type annexation. I mean, hey, Japan really doesn’t have much of an army, right? They’re not allowed to have one, remember? And hey, if the US has their own problems, then I guess that means Japan is on their own! And, egads! If the American economy is in turmoil, that must mean all of the US’s trade treaty partners are suffering as well! By the Nine Divine, this seems plausible, even after this series of ridiculous events, right?

Guess again, boyo. Want to take a stab as to who ranks second in GDP behind the US? That’s right, Japan. But right, right, I forgot. Oil prices. That would hit Japan hard as well, so I guess we’ll have to ignore all the money the country makes as well. Alright, you got me there. But hey, how about Japan’s non-existent army? Oh, wait a minute. You mean they do have a sizable military under the label of a “self-defense force”? Well, I’m sure it can’t be anything too threatening, right? Oh…one carrier, eleven destroyers, and thirty frigates..So basically four times much as sea power as the not-North Korean unified navy would have. So how does not-North Korea win this fight again?

Oh, okay. I’ll play along if you will. Let’s say not-North Korea holds Miyamoto hostage and Japan immediately surrenders. And after Japan surrenders, the Japanese people, who share ethnic racial tension against Koreans, put on a smile and say, “A-okay, Jose!” and join forces with not-North Korea without so much as a blink of an eye. Doobiedoo, they got themselves a nice technological force now, right? And, hey, production facilities that don’t run on 1940s tech! I’m sure not-North Korea is simply fascinated that they can stop banging rocks together when it comes to military production. And the world just goes on without so much as a fart of discomfort, right?

Amateur footage of Ambassador Miyamoto being held hostage.

Oh, what’s that? You mean the European Union has heard this tune before? Ah, that’s right, they have, and something tells me that not even Switzerland would sit back idly and watch as an ally in democracy was supplanted by a dictatorship. Yeah, let’s even work into this scenario that the defenders of democracy, the world’s police, the United States of America, wouldn’t get involved, even if their navy was so close by in Hawaii. How quick do you think it would dawn on the European Union and NATO that Lil’ Kim was getting unruly up in the Pacific? And let’s not forget the watchful eyes of China, a superpower of the world that would most likely not be affected by an American economic turmoil. In case you folk aren’t with the current times, China’s been none too happy with North Korea’s test-firing of weapons, and their “friendly relationships” have stemmed from two facts: that North Korea imports about 90% of their crap from China and that North Korea is a thorn in the side of the governments of democracy. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, so to speak. What do you think happens when China perceives not-North Korea as a threat? Yeah, they’ll start singing yankee doodle and join on in the fight against not-North Korea.

Alright, alright, Jesus. Let’s say, hypothetically, the European Union is so taking a beating from American economic turmoil that they just say, “Bollocks, we’ve got shit over here to deal with,” and they pay no attention to the Poland-like stepping stone not-North Korea has made. And then let’s say China doesn’t give a hoot either because they’re too busy being awesome or something. And then let’s also throw in that the rest of Southeast Asia really doesn’t take much notice that their Japanese neighbors, who hold a stronger military than they do, make no attempts to join coalition forces to stop the inevitable of not-North Korea doing what the Japanese did during World War II. And yeah, the Australians. Let’s say parliament is still too busy arguing about zombie blood in video games to care. Yeah, there we go. Plausible scenario. Totally.

Next up in the Homefront time: the economic infrastructure of the United States finally collapses in 2022. It apparently takes historians seven years to realize that with no production whatsoever in the country, the United States becomes a ghost of itself. I’ve already played the alternate implausibilities in this scenario, so let’s just skip along and pretend the United States government somehow survives anarchy. I dunno, maybe they keep digging into that deficit spending to make sure people didn’t die of starvation in the seven years of total unemployment. And to keep the power on so people can sit home and watch tv and browse the web. It makes as much sense as a government surviving in such instability, so let’s go with it!

Fast forward to 2024 in Homefront’s time line: surprise, butt sex! Not-North Korea manages to follow suit with what they did with Japan and they bring most of East Asia (including China, Tibet the Republic of China, and Mongolia) into their neat little federation. Somehow not-North Korea manages to defeat China and—you know what, fuck it. You don’t even need me to explain why that’s ten kinds of stupid, so we’ll just skip to the magic as to how.

Not-North Korea uses the power of Pokemon to send the East Asian population into a seizure simultaneously. Known as the Pokemon Shakes, not-North Korea swoops in with a convenient cure, thus sending the people of East Asian countries to topple their governments and surrender to not-North Korea under an East Asian federation. The creators of the video game have now found a way to get around placing China as the bad guy by making sure not-North Korea remains the source of being the ultimate bad guy. See? Clever! Instead they just turn half of Asia to be the bad guys. Yeah, that’s much better.

Gotta use the Ultraballs on Chinamon.

Are you ready for the last time line event? Because I sure as shit am. 2025: the not-North Koreans invade the US. See, they first start with hacking into a US communications satellite to send out an EMP to disable all American infrastructure. After they have achieved Operation Science!, then comes the not-North Korean invasion. Not-North Koreans type furiously on keyboards to disable automated fail-safe defense systems and waltz in with their leather vests and fancy blood and take over a country with the great military superiority in the world. Easy peasy lemon-squeezy, right? Especially considering they have the might of China behind them now, right? Right? Right?

WRONG. For starters, this shite plot has Science! written all over it. Beyond the hilarity of “hacking in” to a US communications satellite, there’s also the added fact that communication satellites don’t send out electromagnetic pulses, even if it goes critical. What Kaos Studios is trying to do here is present a very popular science fiction concept where you detonate a nuclear weapon high above the atmosphere of a landmass and a shock wave from the EMP will result in sending a continent to the Stone Age. I guess they didn’t want to take the factual and realistic approach though for some reason.

But let’s keep on with the mythical end-all to military warfare. Everything uses electronics these days, agreed? Tracking computers, satellites, mapping technology, video cameras, etc. All the wonderful stuff an EMP can and would affect. But what exactly would it do? Well, think of what happens when you overload a socket. The strain on the electrical current is too much and the electrical circuit is overloaded. Maybe there’s wire damage. Maybe even damage to infrastructure itself. But for the most part, a simple replacement will do the job to get things up and running again.

I iz prepeared fir elektrik attak.

Which brings me to my next point. Apparently their ex-CIA super spy has taken into consideration that the many number of contingency plans the United States plans for is an EMP attack. Which is why EMP shielding technology has become a reality, and spare and backup parts are always stocked for emergency purposes. Fail-safe systems are even being put into place so that electronic systems shut down before an overload happens, thus avoiding any damage to equipment—this has become standard practice for even household electronic items (anyone who has ever stuck a fork in a microwave knows about this). So even if the not-North Koreans managed to “hack” into a US communications satellite (and, again, ignoring the fact that electromagnetic waves and radio waves are two completely different things), and they achieve Science! by sending an EMP over mainland US, technology that is commonplace NOW would still be there, even if a shadow of military power is present in this chain of “plausibilities.”

My second-favorite part to this terrible plot point is how the magic of the computer is able to thwart hard-lined networks like NORAD from launching fail-safe procedures and countermeasures for an immediate counter-attack. Are we all clear on the term “fail-safe”? I guess Kaos Studios isn’t. Boom, there goes all the invading aircraft to parachute a D-Day force on California. Boom, there goes the navy, because the US still has a more powerful navy even if China, not-North Korea, and Japan teamed up together (when supercarriers run on freaking nuclear energy, it’s a pretty safe bet that they’re still around to fight the good fight).

Egads, my friends! It still happens somehow! By the power of a computer genius, the brute-force’d satellite sends out an EMP, and all the bunkers shielded from such an attack black out anyway, and systems overload, because the Mac Guy pressed the Delete button on his computer! Oh noes! SAM sites with their own emergency power go astray without targeting systems, supercarriers collide into one another because they don’t have sonar technology working, and helicopters and airplanes fall out of the sky! In rolls the mighty not-North Korean army, and they storm California and then the rest of mainland USA! They march across the rolling plains of the Midwest without so much as ever getting into a good scrap because some idiot ordered one billion light bulbs instead of one billion replacement parts for an EMP catastrophe.

Footage from Goldeneye satcam.

Wait, what’s that? You’re starting to see the plot holes before I am? No no, you must be mistaken. What do you mean that all the soldiers that were disbanded twenty years earlier would still be alive? What do you mean it’s an American’s right to bear arms, which probably leads to explain why U.S. citizens are more well-armed than small African countries? National Guard who? What’s a home-field advantage anyways? And the troubles of locking down military oppression in fifty states across about four million square miles and a population of over three-hundred million? What’s an Alaska?

No, it’s pretty obvious that this is plausible, and I can totally see it happen. First, North Korea would have to unite with South Korea and the South would have to agree to North Korean ideals right off the bat without so much as a single complaint because every Internet cafe had Starcraft. Then evil American oil companies form the Spectre organization and agree to raise the cost of oil so gas prices skyrocket so no one would then buy gasoline, and no one stops it because the House and the Senate fell asleep, and because the executive government was killed, except for the Secretary of Education, who has no idea what she’s doing and instead relies on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which include Ghandi, Thoraeu, a Shaolin monk, and an infant in diapers, to disarm foreign military presence as a means to cutback on spending so they can reallocate money they don’t have to hold back the disaster of government dissolution by keeping Saturday morning cartoons going on and starting soup lines.

Meanwhile not-North Korea would then have to kidnap Miyamoto for Japan to agree to their immediate surrender and to their cooperation, or else their princess won’t be in another castle. The European Union doesn’t really care about a potential War World III start up and proceed to bail out each other an infinite number of times before realizing they’re all broke. China doesn’t care either because they’re just too busy being awesome to take any notice. Southeast Asia doesn’t care because they’re too busy trolling it up on the Internet. And Australia doesn’t care because parliament has more important issues to tend to, like what color zombie’s blood should be.

Eventually not-North Korea would then take over the rest of East Asia through the power of Pokemon and perform a Jesus-like miracle cure to dazzle the population to join a federation. Now that they have the power of the military and have emerged from the Dark Ages, super techno hackers from not-North Korea brute-force a US communications satellite and make it go critical, creating an EMP shockwave to blanket the US mainland, piercing through EMP shielding because someone accidentally the keyboard. And since the contingency plan to replace damaged tech in the event of a Science!-like event was ruined because the guy in shipment ordered the wrong parts, the Asian terror sweeps into America and quickly takes control with zero trouble at all.

No no, these are actually Asian soldiers.

This is essentially the events of plausibility that would have to take place for the plot in this game to make any sense whatsoever, or “plausible” for that matter. I mean, sure. I’m sure the CIA has a contingency plan where Walt Disney comes back from the dead and leads a robot army to mind-control the population with Mickey Mouse. I’ve no doubt that that contingency plan is right next to other bright ideas like SETI, Project MKULTRA, and the First Earth Battalion. Maybe they have one that deals with the spontaneous occurrence of monkeys flying out of people’s asses as well.

Bite my shiny metal ass, Spielberg!

Rarely do I pass judgment on a game before it comes out, but I find it difficult not to do so for such a terrible plot premise that hangs by a number of thin strings, all to mask the fact that Kaos Studios is simply remaking a terrible game that pitted East vs. West as well. And, much like Crytek attempted to do by making North Korea the bad guys in Crysis, Kaos Studios is attempting to play on the current baseless fears of some backwater country without a shred of real military strength other than biological weaponry (which it will never use, or else the entire world will take a giant shit on them). They instead use some nice smoke and mirrors to eventually reach their goal to still include China as the bad guys, as they’re pretty much the only actual world superpower of today that can challenge the US. Of course they just had to make half the Asian world the bad guys too (including the Japanese).

Let this be a lesson that you shouldn’t hire the guy that did Red Dawn to write your stories in video games, because why else would not-North Korea invade a country that’s supposed to be a shadow of itself and not a threat at all if not to make the point again that Stalinism is eeeevil. Hey Kaos Studios, the 1980s called; they want to know if you’ve heard that the Soviet Union has collapsed.

Ever since you collapsed alarmist Republicans have only been able to find Asian commie bad guys. : (

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Started blogging back in 2007 amidst that whole Hellgate: London fiasco on a blog known as flagshipped.com. Eventually moved on to do my own thing in December 2008 at gameriot.com and started Caveat Emptor there. Wrote there for six months, gained some notoriety, and then left. Now I'm back.

14 Responses to Homefront: The game where North Korea rules the world

  1. blackseven says:

    Your rant is brilliant, but for this part: “Anyone remember the US military being weak in the 30s?”

    The American military was pretty weak for much of the 30s, honestly.

    • Agamemnon says:

      For the first part of the 30s, yes, which was me alluding to the Great Depression–something we climbed out of because military production was on the rise by the end of the 30s and the might of America’s military was establishing itself as a superpower. 1937 was the start of America establishing its naval superiority, which is why Hawaii was such an important target to the Japanese.

      The point I was just trying to make is that during economic hardship, in our country’s history, military production has always been an outlet of recovery. We don’t spend less on military funding–we continue to spend more and you’ll find few politicians that would think otherwise.

      Anyways, yeah, thanks about the rant. I know it’s long but I was just on a roll of finding logic pitfall after logic pitfall. This game requires you to suspend all logical belief that the entire world would need to turn away from trying to solve their problems while North Korea rolls in with Soviet-era technology to take over countries fifteen-times more powerful than itself.

  2. akt says:

    what about the part where we just nuke north korea from the middle of the ocean if it really came down to it.

    • Agamemnon says:

      I really doubt nukes will ever be used again by a national power. The power of a nuclear weapon comes from threatening it upon your enemies. Of course, since America is the only country to have ever dropped one on anyone, the threat comes the strongest from them. But nukes today would have unforeseen future consequences. People are much more educated and informed than they were since World War II. No one would forgive a country for using a nuke on anyone these days, considering nukes are designed to do one thing–cause fear. Exterminating a civilian population of a city is just going to get you in a boat-load of trouble.

      America has so many more plausible scenarios regarding ballistic missiles that nukes are kept around just so everyone keeps in mind that America has enough to blow up the world about fifteen times over.

  3. Ur mum says:

    Radio=part of the electromagnetic spectrum(photons)
    But yeah ur right, to make an emp sized release of photons would require nothing short of a uber nuclear powered satalite.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oil companies raise the price of oil because of scarcity.
    The NNKs can invade Japan because Japan is suffering from lack of trade with America.
    America can’t defend Japan because they sold all their weapons a couple of paragraphs ago.
    Radio waves are electromagnetic waves.

    I think you’re tripping all over yourself in your haste to present the game as all-encompassingly retarded. You’re just making yourself look worse.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, and replacing all of your components after an EMP attack isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. IIRC most of the important stuff is EMP-hardened anyways, but if electronics over most of the country all fail at once, there’s going to be some panic, especially if an invasion is happening at the same time.

      I’m not defending the plot at all, but please don’t be rash in your criticism.

    • Agamemnon says:

      “Oil companies raise the price of oil because of scarcity.”

      Oil companies raise the price of oil because they have economists who have been watching the trend for the last fifty years and know EXACTLY when they can raise and lower prices without missing out on sales. You’re fooling yourself if you think there is a scarcity of oil.

      “The NNKs can invade Japan because Japan is suffering from lack of trade with America.”

      So what happens to Japan’s 13 to 1 military advantage over North Korea? It just magically disappears? Okay. But yeah, this is after the belief that there is a “lack of trade” with America. Funny.

      “America can’t defend Japan because they sold all their weapons a couple of paragraphs ago.”

      I guess you missed the part where this country has dipped into recessions before and never cuts back on military spending? No, I’m sure what you did instead is skipped over the part where the U.S. fleets 13 supercarriers–more than any other navy has in the world COMBINED.

      “Radio waves are electromagnetic waves.”

      The article reads specifically that there’s a difference between frequencies meant for communication and the amount of power needed to create a 3,000,000 wide EMP blast. But you go on thinking one rinky-dinky satellite can do the trick!

      “You’re just making yourself look worse.”

      Oh, the irony.

      “Oh, and replacing all of your components after an EMP attack isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. IIRC most of the important stuff is EMP-hardened anyways, but if electronics over most of the country all fail at once, there’s going to be some panic, especially if an invasion is happening at the same time.

      I’m not defending the plot at all, but please don’t be rash in your criticism.”

      Instead I’ll ask you to think before you post again.

  5. Ant says:

    I’m not going to even attempt to poke any holes in your dirigible of plausibility–I just flat out enjoyed the manic ride! Write more funny stuff–now!

  6. chrissomerry says:

    If I may, I’d like to correct you on something – it is ENTIRELY possible for the Australian parliament to get hung up over an issue like Zombie blood in video games 😉 That said, we’d likely be frolicking under China’s celebrations of self-awesomeness. “Sorry long term Allies, these guys are our OTHER Allies. And they like our iron.”

    • chrissomerry says:

      Or we Australians probably would be waiting in the dark for the moment to seize superpower-ness once Not-North Korea and America annihilate each other, just like how we all know Switzerland, despite their size… and despite their size, are the true rulers of Europe….

      • Agamemnon says:

        The zombie blood thing…#thatsthejoke.

        Anyway, I hear you guys are looking to make some nice purchases in your navy. Good on ya. Once you get the population down (or up, I should say), Australia will probably end up being like the UK in terms of power.

        • chrissomerry says:

          Haha, nice choice of words, although I think we’re literally getting the population *down*, with an aging population and fear of boats-laden-with-foreigners. I didn’t know that we were buying our own boats though, so thanks for the news! (not sure what we’ll do with them though, other than accusing indonesian village fishermen of trespassing our borders when they don’t even know that we have sea borders, let alone even know how to tell if they’ve crossed it)

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